Wrists Not Shoulders

In at noon.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • PVC Passes
  • 5 OHS (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (45#)

Conditioning

21-15-9

  • HSPU
  • OHS (95#)

Wanted to do this first so the front rack wouldn’t fatigue the shoulders more. I was really expecting this to be worse on my shoulders, but it was my wrists that hurt when I was done. I did 11-5-5 and 12-9 in round 1, then 5-5-5 and 9-6 in round 2, and unbroken sets of 9 for both movements to finish in 6:42. I definitely could have pushed the handstand push-ups more because I wasn’t risking failure at the end even with the set of 9. When I’m confident in my back I’ll have to give Diane a try because I’ve never done the full 21-15-9.

Strength – Front Rack Lunges

  • 10×95#
  • 10×115
  • 10×135
  • 10×155
  • 10×165

Don’t remember the last time I did these.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

I just didn’t have it today. Maybe the previous stuff fatigued my core. In the 3rd round I broke once after 5 tuck-ups and then in the last round I broke after v-ups and after 6 tuck-ups. Still set my best time by 3 seconds with 6:16 though.

More Unbroken This Time

Rested yesterday and did some demolition work in the basement. First time at the gym all week!

Warm-up

  • Dead Hang
  • Power Snatch
    • 5×45#
    • 5×75
    • 5×95
    • 5×115

Conditioning

5 Cycles

  • 4 Snatches (135#)
  • 4 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 3 Snatches
  • 3 Bar Muscle-ups
  • 2:00 Rest

I did the 4 snatches unbroken each round and singles for the set of 3. I was stringing together the muscle-ups in the first to rounds, but started to feel some pulling on one of my calluses so I switched to singles. My rounds were 1:17, 1:15, 1:53, 1:54, and 1:47.

Accessory – 2 Sets

  • MAX Strict HSPU
  • 200m Suitcase Carry (62#)

I fell off the wall after 11 and probable could have done at least 1 or 2 more. Got 11 the second attempt too. I switched hands at the halfway point on both carries.

Midline – 4 Sets

  • 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 10 V-ups
  • 10 Tuck-ups
  • 10s Hollow Hold
  • 1:00 Rest

Today was my second time trying this and I did much better. Got through 2 sets unbroken and didn’t increase the rest at all. On the 3rd set I think I broke after 2 tuck-ups. In the 4th set I broke after 8 v-ups and after 5 tuck-ups as well as brought my knees in some on the hold.

Sunday Press

Walked 18 on Friday in some perfect golf weather. I planned to bench and do a metcon yesterday but got busy doing other stuff. Since I’ll be gone Monday to Monday, it’s not bad to delay my benching until today since I won’t be able to get in the next one until the following Tuesday. Worked out early at 9am with the crew because the girls had places to go be. Wasn’t excited about the early morning, but it worked out well since I had a lot to do around the house.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • 5 Back Squat (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 5 Back Squat (85#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (85#)

Conditioning

  • 15-10-5-10-15
    • HSPU
    • Back Squat (135#)
  • Rest 1/2 as long as it took
  • 25-20-15-20-25
    • Push-up
    • Air Squat

I went 9-6, 10, 5, 10, 9-6 on the HSPU and they felt good. Would have been interesting to try all sets unbroken. I took my time on the back squats, but didn’t drop the bar during any set. Finished in 9:16, so my rest period was 4:38. I wanted to go for more push-ups than I usually do so went 15-10, 10-10, 10-5, 10-10, 10-10-5. They were getting hard, but I was happy with that after the handstand push-ups. Took me 6:38.

Accessory – 6 Rounds

  • 30s Double DB/KB OH Walk (40# DBs)
  • 30s Rest
  • 30s Superman-Banana (Banana Rolls)
  • 30s Rest

In the afternoon I got in my bench workout.

No B.S. Bench Press – Week 5

It called for 5×4 at the base weight + 15-20#, so I added 15. I’ve been staying on the low side of the increases and barely making it through my sets.

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 4×195
  • 4×215
  • 4×230
  • 5x4x240

Last 3 sets were a grind. I shouldn’t try this after burning out my shoulders earlier in the day.

Too Cray-Cray For Me

Didn’t go to the gym again because there was some cray-cray 2nd metcon with 108 thrusters at 3 different weights and no other movements. After a metcon with HSPU and pistols? Hell to the no! Worked out in the garage and did the extra credit cardio work instead.

Warm-up: 10:00 AMRAP (easy pace)

  • 100 Jump Rope
  • 20 Single Arm OH Walking Lunge (35# DB)
  • 10 Push-ups

I used an old school jump rope today, which provided some weight. Only miss was at 62 in the 4th round. I did exactly 4 rounds.

old-school-jump-rope.jpg

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 10 HSPU
  • 10 Pistols (alt)

My left quad has had that weird feeling off and on randomly, so I wasn’t sure what to expect out of pistols today. I haven’t done any lately. They felt really good doing the foot hold method. Never missed or had a pre-mature foot touch on any reps. Did the handstand push-ups in all sets of 5 with a walk across garage and back as rest before each sub set. I finished 6+14.

I might try to get a piece of plexiglass or something cheap for the wall where I do HSPU. The screws are right in the spot where my feet slide on the wall.

Ski Erg

3 Rounds

  • 1,000m (@ 5k pace)
  • 500m (recovery)

Decided to shoot for 1s/500m faster than the last time and also do the recovery pieces on the ski erg instead of 2:00 on the Airdyne. My 1k times were 3:58, 3:57.8, and 3:57.7; I was right on pace. My recoveries were 2:43.6, 2:44, and 2:41.7.

3 Part Sunday

My back seems pretty much the same. Made it to the gym today though. Programmed something I could do. 🙂

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Dead Hang

Conditioning

Rested about 10-15 minutes between each workout.

  • 50-40-30-20-10 Double Unders
  • 25-20-15-10-5 HSPU

I went 9-8-8 on the first set of HSPU, which was maybe a little aggressive and caused me to have to rest more the rest of the way. I did the rest in all sets of 5 and really focused on a big kip with my hips to save my shoulders. Finished at 9:14.

25 Rounds

  • 2 Burpees
  • 2 T2B

I’d done this once before, almost 3 years ago in 6:08. Hadn’t looked that up until writing this though. Finished in 6:33 today. Could feel I was going a bit slower due to my back. A lot of hip action in this one.

2 Rounds

  • 25 Push-ups
  • 50 Air Squats
  • 25 American KBS (44#)

Felt like my arms would give out after the HSPU and burpees, so I started conservative with 9-8-8 on the push-ups. The squats bothered my back more than anything else today, so I took them really slow. Kettlebell swings were unbroken both rounds. I stuck to the same sets on my 2nd round of push-ups and probably should have pushed for 2 sets. Finished in 6:34.

Quite a bit of midline work today. Will see how my back feels tonight.

Quick Triplets

Spent the rest of the day cleaning and reorganizing the garage yesterday. To say I was tired is an understatement. My shoulders are definitely feeling the fatigue.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • C&J
    • 5×45#
    • 3×85#
    • 3×135#
    • 2×155#

Gymnastics Test

  • MAX Strict Ring Dips

Wanted to see what I could do since it had been years since I tried. I got 21, which is a 6 rep PR. I actually did this before the clean & jerk warm-ups.

Conditioning – Running Clock

  • @ 0:00
    • 10 C&J (170/115#)
    • 20 Burpees over the Bar (lateral)
    • 30 Box Jump Overs (24/20″)
  • @ 15:00
    • 10 Power Snatch (145/100#)
    • 20 T2B
    • 30 Wall Balls (20/14#, 10/9′)
  • @ 30:00
    • 10 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 20 American KBS (53/35#)
    • 30 Back Squats (95/65#)
  • @ 45:00
    • 10 Strict HSPU
    • 20 Burpees
    • 30 Thrusters (45/35#)

The first part is one we had during the Hybrid Open Prep, when I did it in 3:34. I didn’t bitch out on the box jumps today doing all 30 as side-to-side jumps. Pretty sure my C&J and burpees were slower, but the jumps was enough to make up for it. Finished in 3:27.

The next 3 parts are all original creations, with the hopes of being around the some time domain. In part 2 I did my toes to bars in 10-5-5 mostly due to knowing that bar muscle-ups were coming in the next piece. Did the wall balls unbroken to finish in 3:07.

I was going back and forth on how to split my muscle-ups. 6-4 or 4-3-3? I decided to go for it with the 6-4, which was fine. I’m going to have to test my bar MU max because the 6 matches the most I’ve done in a set. The kettlebell swings were rougher than expected, but the squats were such a burn. I tried to speed up but there was too much burn when I did. Finished in 3:14.

I wanted to do the handstand push-ups strict, but wasn’t sure how I’d feel by part 4. I went for it and got through them no problem. Big mistake though. In the middle of the burpees I was having trouble pushing off the ground. I’m sure the fatigue of yesterday had something to do with it too. When I got to the thrusters, I was dying on the presses! I rested in the bottom of the squat a couple of times and once with the bar on my back. Should have been much faster than the 3:12 it took me.

I figured the back squats and thrusters would be the easiest part of the whole thing but they were the worst because they burned so bad.

Shoulder Annihilation

Feeling pretty good this morning. Out in the garage at 10:30 to finish up the Hybrid Performance Method Push Only program. Warmed up with 5 minutes on the Airdyne, which was about 1.26 miles. I prepared a bit this morning and referenced How to Warm Up for a One-Rep Max on T Nation. The example for 185# was pretty much exactly what I needed since my previous best was a 180# shoulder press.

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 5×115
  • 3×135
  • 1×155
  • 1×170
  • 1×182.5 (PR)
  • 1×187.5 (Fail)
  • 1×185 (PR)
  • 1×187.5 (Fail)

Crazy how much of a difference two and a half pounds can make. So I ended up with a 5# PR. I was really hoping for 187.5 or more, but from previous programs I know how hard it is to increase the shoulder press.

I skipped the pull-up and accessory work so I could test a couple of other things and destroy my shoulders! Done with Push Only!! I’ll do a full recap/review post, probably on my main blog to share with a wider audience.

Update: posted Hybrid Performance Method – Push Only Program.

Gymnastics

After the big surprise when I tested my strict set about a week ago, I also wanted to get in a kipping test. I was able to get 23 for a 9 rep PR, which is almost a 65% improvement!

According to BTWB, my rankings on the HSPU max sets are an 82 for this one and a 76 for the strict set of 17. I would have expected those to be the opposite.

btwb-hspu-ranks

Strength Endurance / Conditioning

  • 100 Bench Press (135#)

I’d done this once, back in December of 2015 in a time of 9:37. I did it by hitting 5 reps every 30 seconds and then switching to sets of 3s after 85. I set an interval timer on my phone for 25 second rounds. Made it through 13 sets (65 reps) on pace at 5:10 on the clock. Then I changed to sets of 3 at shorter intervals and a final set of 2. Took me 8:43 today for a 54 second PR.

Here’s a compilation video from the day I made to share on Facebook with the bench press at 8x speed instead of 2x.